Clarence R. "Whitey" White, 67, of 114 West Park Street, Canastota, passed away on Friday, November 30, 2018, at Upstate University Hospital, Syracuse, after battling cancer for the last 18 months.
He was born on January 30, 1951, in Glens Falls, the son of the late Leeward and Elizabeth (Howard) White.
Whitey lived throughout New York State in his early years, and has lived in Canastota since 1972.
He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, the National Guard, and the Army Reserve, retiring as a Major after 25 years of service.
Whitey worked as a tool & die maker for Canastota N/C Corp for many years, retiring in 2013, and had previously worked at Westlake Manufacturing in Canastota.
He was a member of the Canastota Volunteer Fire Department, retiring after 15 years, a member and Treasurer of the Canastota Old Time Firemen, American Legion Charles Miller Post #140 in Canastota, a past member and Treasurer of the Peterboro Conservation Club, and a member of the Tri-Valley Coin Club.
Whitey enjoyed refurbishing Cub Cadet lawnmowers, hunting, fishing, collecting old lanterns and Canastota Cut Glass, and was an avid coin collector. He also enjoyed spending time at his hunting camp, and spending time with his family and friends.
Whitey married Judith A. Stahlnecker on November 11, 1972, in St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Oneida.
Surviving besides his wife, Judi, are: one son, Todd M. White and his companion, Heather Coffin, of Hamilton; one daughter, Kari A. Nemo of Canastota; one son-in-law, A.J. Nemo of Canastota; one former daughter-in-law, Kristi Bianco of Florida; three brothers and a sisters-in-law, Robert L. White of Canastota, Richard and Christina Meacham of Kentucky, and Alan Meacham of Cazenovia; five sisters and four brothers-in-law, Dianna Foster of Watertown, Deborah and Lyman Campbell of Eaton, Cynthia and Kevin Goodwin of Cortland, Darlene and Edward Wheelin of Cazenovia, and Mary White-Meacham and Dean Williams of Alaska; three grandsons, Nicholas White, Tyler White, and Aaron Nemo; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
At Whitey's request there will be no calling hours or funeral, however, a Celebration of His Life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2018, at The Owl's Club, 130 Vanderbilt Avenue, Oneida, NY. Arrangements are under the supervision of the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., 201 James Street, Canastota. In his memory, contributions may be made to the Canastota Fire Department Old Timers, c/o Rex Cary, President, 7035 Forbes Road, Canastota, NY 13032, or to Clear Path for Veterans, 1223 Salt Springs Road, Chittenango, NY 13037.
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